Silicon Prairie News

4760_a490db83a6_small September 21, 2012 by Michael Stacy

… and, yes, we got a good chuckle out of it, just as many other Prairie people seem to have. As "The Office" opened its ninth and final season last night, viewers of the sitcom were brought up to speed with a rundown of how the show's characters spent their summers. As you can see in the video above (cued up to about 30 seconds before the Silicon Prairie mention), Ryan Howard …  read more

4540_d4c865c91a_small August 9, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

One counts McDonald's among its account holders, another carries recognition from the SXSW Interactive Awards and another had its product featured on the PBS News Hour. Seven months ago, none of these milestones had been achieved, but we've seen quick progress and achievements. In January, I presented a list of 10 Silicon Prairie companies that I deemed "startups to watch in 2012." My reasons for choosing the 10 ranged from experienced … read more

4523_92a9c42e65_small July 26, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha In an interview today, Zaarly founder Bo Fishback said Google Fiber will "kickstart a wave of new startup energy and activity" in Kansas City's startup community. On Twitter, it appears it's begun. Though not specifically "startup energy," a Twitter search for "#GoogleFiber AND 'move' " turns up … read more

4474_5d62542fce_small July 19, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Fayetteville One of the most underappreciated aspects of working online is that fact that you can set up anywhere. I choose to work from downtown Des Moines most of the time, but for a few days last week I found myself in Northwest Arkansas (colloquially “NWA”). While there visiting my parents, I took the chance to get a glimpse of the Natural State's startup community. I started by picking what looked like a cool local coffee shop in Fayetteville (which I found out … read more

4301_87f6ffe9b0_small July 12, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Last December, I wrote a post asking “Who’s the No. 2 startup in Des Moines?” In that post, I shared the results of an informal (and unscientific) poll that I conducted around the community to seek out which companies were the "top startups." While Dwolla was a unanimous selection at No. 1, there was no consensus on No. 2 or even what makes for a "top startup." The folks I talked to clearly felt like Dwolla was doing the correct things to be at the top even though most people didn't necessarily have a concrete opinion on what those "things" were. It seemed it was Dwolla and then everyone else. Fast forward to today, and progress within the local startup scene has helped bring greater clarity to the question I posed in December. Rather than defaulting to one company to characterize the startup … read more

4378_6a87b9d214_small June 28, 2012 by Jeff Slobotski

Chicago I participated Monday in a Chicago TechWeek panel titled "Stories from the Silicon Prairie: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Outside of the Valley." I was joined by Naithan Jones of AgLocal, Thad Langford of Open Air Equity Partners, Ben Milne of Dwolla and Greg Kratofil of Polsinelli Shughart, who served as our panel's moderator. This was the first time that most of us had presented on the same panel, and I was interested in hearing stories … read more

4088_f427b3c800_small May 7, 2012 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha It's hard to believe that we're days away from the fourth year of Big Omaha. It seems like just yesterday we were debating about hosting an event, fondly something similar to an "Omaha Web 2.0 / Social Media" conference. I for one am glad that we decided on the name "Big Omaha" instead of the "Web 2.0 Conference in Omaha" as the event is so much more than just the latest trends or predictions … read more

3770_9388d66af7_small March 10, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Austin Last year around this time, I felt an awful lot like Kevin McCallister. When South By Southwest Interactive rolled around, my fate mirrored that of the precocious protagonist from "Home Alone." Silicon Prairie News team leaves town. Michael stays in town. Michael is home alone. And, once the novelty of using dad's aftershave and eating ice cream … read more

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